My brother had surgery for cancer last Wednesday.
Yesterday, we were surprised and pleased to hear that the doctor intend to release him today. The usual stay after his type of surgery is ten-to-fourteen days and he was going to beat that very handily. It was heartening because it means he is healing well and the sooner you can get out of the hospital, home of super-germs, the better.
By yesterday, noon they had removed all of the drain tubes except for one, the painkiller pump was out, everything was good to start processing the out-transfer paperwork at 9:30 this morning.
And then the doctor did not like the amount of discharge that was still coming out of the final drain tube.
My niece, who is a sophomore in college and took Psych 101 quickly diagnosed the problem: The Doctor was having "suppuration anxiety."